Police on Tuesday continued their investigation into the murder of a 23-year-old, with links to the underworld, who was gunned down early on Monday outside his friend’s apartment in Nicosia.
Tasos Georgiou was shot at around 4am while leaving his friend’s apartment building in the suburb of Strovolos. The perpetrator or perpetrators, believed to be a part of a rival gang, shot him 11 times.
Georgiou was hit by nine bullets. Police said they came from a 9mm firearm and tests were underway to determine whether it had been used in past crimes.
Police were investigating CCTV footage and questioning people who may have some information about the crime.
The 23-year-old’s funeral meanwhile took place at 2pm on Tuesday at Agios Spyridonas church in Strovolos.
He leaves behind a fiancé and five siblings.
Georgiou worked in security though he did not have a licence to do so. Police cannot confirm whether he offered protection or officially worked at a private company.
Officers are also looking at whether Georgiou is linked with a car explosion in Lakatamia. The vehicle belonged to a 37-year-old man who is in the “same field of work” according to police sources and is believed to be part of a rival gang.
The 37-year-old too does not have a licence to work in security.
Georgiou had arrived at his friends flat at around midnight after they had gone out but left at around 2am and returned some 45 minutes later.
Police are investigating phone records to see whether he was involved in the car explosion.